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Yummy: Eight Favorite Fairy Tales

by Lucy Cousins

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A 2010 New York Times Best Illustrated Children's Book of the Year!
Beware — these fairy tales are not for the faint of heart! Maisy creator Lucy Cousins shifts gears to retell her favorites with vivid, rousing illustrations.

Eight classic stories take on new energy as Lucy Cousins ramps up her artwork. In this bold, funny, and


A 2010 New York Times Best Illustrated Children's Book of the Year!
Beware — these fairy tales are not for the faint of heart! Maisy creator Lucy Cousins shifts gears to retell her favorites with vivid, rousing illustrations.

Eight classic stories take on new energy as Lucy Cousins ramps up her artwork. In this bold, funny, and unflinching collection, the beloved author-illustrator retains all the emotion and humor of the original fairy tales: the heroes are courageous, the villains are horrible, and the children are tasty. With her sly, simple language and vibrant illustrations, even the scariest fiends become the stuff of shared hilarity and shivery thrills.

Editorial Reviews

Paul O. Zelinsky
Cousins’s artistic style, closely resembling tempera painting scrawled by a child, is almost devoid of detail. Why does it feel so satisfying? Because the world of this book is, delightfully, a world made of paint. It’s not history, not culture, but the feeling of the big, flat colored page that pulls you into the story…a good take on these traditional tales for very young book-lovers. This is a book that will make you want to paint.
—The New York Times
Publishers Weekly
Anyone expecting the gentleness of the Maisy books in Cousins's retellings of eight fairy tales is in for a whopper of a surprise—although the cheeky title does provide a tip-off. Who knew Cousins could depict a wolf decapitation (“Little Red Riding Hood”) or stewing (“The Three Little Pigs”) with such relish? Or that she'd find a creepiness factor in the Henny Penny story worthy of Flannery O'Connor? Cousins embraces all the primitive, enduring fears and desires that drive these stories, and then beckons readers to hop on a rollicking narrative roller coaster (“I'm going to gobble you up,” says a troll, threatening the biggest of the Billy Goats Gruff, who responds, “Then I'll bash you to bits”). There are thrills big and small on every color-saturated page: a Goldilocks who sports ginormous pigtails that seem to have an emotional life all their own; the hairy orange goat-eating troll with his neon green mani-pedi; a little red hen with enough feminine industriousness to rival Rosie the Riveter. Make room on the shelf. A new classic has arrived. Ages 3–up. (Aug.)
Children's Literature - Keri Collins Lewis
Clever animals, daring adventures, and gruesome ends for the bad guys pop off the pages of Lucy Cousins' collection of eight beloved fairy tales with the common element of food. The popular author-illustrator applies her characteristic bold art style to retellings of the classics: "Little Red Riding Hood," "The Three Billy Goats Gruff," "The Enormous Turnip," "Henny Penny," "Goldilocks and the Three Bears," "The Little Red Hen," "The Three Little Pigs," and "The Musicians of Bremen." Though Cousins uses simple language to tell the stories to a younger audience, she manages to convey the wit and wonder of these tales with an admirable economy of language. Her illustrations fill the page with strong lines, vivid colors, and significant events that bring the story to spine-tingling life: the Big Bad Wolf's head sails across the spread when the heroic hunter rescues Little Red Riding Hood and her grandmother, the hairy troll with his big warty nose as he encounters Big Billy Goat Gruff, a little pig with his pot full of wolf for supper. Though some parents may be squeamish about sharing the unvarnished versions of these fairy tales with youngsters, children will relish the rollicking good time they will have as good triumphs over evil, teamwork is rewarded, and humans are outwitted by animals. The book's large format makes this an ideal read-aloud for story time, and large text occasionally sprawled across the spread will engage curiosity in early literacy experiences. Reviewer: Keri Collins Lewis
School Library Journal
K-Gr 2—Beloved classics are successfully served by these bold, striking renditions. There's no sugarcoating here, as the wolf in "Little Red Riding Hood" is shown receiving his gruesome comeuppance and Henny Penny's friends never return from Foxy Woxy's lair. Large, arresting gouache spreads in Cousins's signature style utilize saturated colors and thick, dark outlines against solid backgrounds. Expressive characters enhance the stories' shifting moods. Large type accentuates the dynamic texts, building each spare entry to its powerful climax. Crisp retellings of "The Little Red Hen," "The Three Little Pigs," "Goldilocks and the Three Bears," "The Musicians of Bremen," "The Three Billy Goats Gruff," and "The Enormous Turnip" round out this arresting volume.—Meg Smith, Cumberland County Public Library, Fayetteville, NC
Kirkus Reviews
In a considerable change of pace, Cousins steps away from Maisy's toddler-friendly world for short but briskly savage versions of several classic tales. Here the Little Red Hen refuses to share her bread with anyone, Foxy Loxy gobbles down Henny Penny's companions one by one (though in a truly unjust twist Cocky Locky lives just long enough to warn Henny Penny away), the wolf's head goes flying (bloodlessly) as the woodcutter frees Little Red Riding Hood and her grandmother and the Third Little Pig is last seen nestled in a comfy chair, smilingly watching the Wolf boil to death. Along with crowd-friendly illustrations done in her customary bright colors and broadly brushed lines, the author adds big hand-lettered taglines ("Bye-bye, Wolf") as cues for shouted-out commentary. Though the Three Bears look like teddy bears and as a concession to more pacifist audiences the author includes a severely compressed rendition of "The Enormous Turnip," on the whole this lap-sized collection offers younger children an eye-opening cross-section of the far-from-innocuous world of folk literature. (Folktales. 3-6)

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Candlewick Press
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10.30(w) x 11.40(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range:
3 - 7 Years

Meet the Author

Lucy Cousins is the acclaimed creator of the Maisy series and other books for children. About Yummy, she says, "It’s brilliant to be able to pass on these stories like this, with all their drama, excitement, and comedy. They are such fun and they touch such deep emotions. My paintbrushes were practically dancing on the paper." She lives in Hampshire, England.

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